Call Me By Your Name is one of the most talked about movies from the past year. Based on the novel by André Aciman, it unfolds in Northern Italy during the summer of 1983 when 17-year old Elio (Timothée Chalamat) develops a relationship with graduate student Oliver (Armie Hammer), who has come to work as Elio’s father’s academic assistant. Over the course of the summer, Elio has a journey of discovery as he realizes that he has personal feelings for Oliver and the two of them develop an intimate relationship. The beauty of the film and the reason it has become one of the most discussed movies of late is the way the film develops a realistic relationship between the two men moment to moment, letting incidents and time happen without those interactions being forced into moving the plot forward. Director Luca Guadagnino intersperses heartfelt monologues with unspoken scenes, beautiful countryside images, and the emotional upheaval of first love. Call Me By Your Name very much mirrors how anyone with uncertainty within them tries to find validation for their own feelings instead of feeling forced to have to hide them in fear. It is a movie for anyone trying to find happiness amidst regret.
Currently nominated for 4 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actor for Chalamat, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Original Song, Call Me By Your Name has already garnered a profusion of accolades and awards, with the most prominent centering around Chalamat’s performance as well as James Ivory’s (of Merchant/Ivory fame, resposible for such films as The Remains of the Day and Howard’s End) screenplay which was praised by the Critic’s Choice Association and Writer’s Guild as well as just winning the BAFTA award for best screenplay of the year. However, these are just two brighter spots in a sky full of stars as everything from the directing, locations, acting, themes, and emotions it presents have been lauded to one degree or another. Definitely a masterpiece in the art of filmamking that will have you wanting to see it again and to appreciate the meticulous and transfixing details in this beautiful film.
Natural and poignant, Call Me By Your Name should be on everyone’s must-see list.
REEL MOVIE MONDAYS is pleased to present Call Me By Your Name at Carnival Cinemas in downtown Red Deer at 7:00 p.m. on Monday February 26, 2018. Please join us and until next time, save me the aisle seat!